I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! 🙂
Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena
This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!
The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick
A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.
The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen
I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.
The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey
I read the children this book before they created their own story of The Pea and The Princess. You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!
Tidy- Emily Gravett
This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…
Over the past 6 weeks, we have been devouring Roald Dahl. We even found time to fit in a picture book. I think it’s important that my class access a range of literature and in my experience they do still enjoy a picture book!
My little bookworms make this bookish heart very very happy.
I have to be honest and say I wish the children hadn’t picked this book for a class read. They weren’t as enthused as usual and it took us a while to get through. I tried to make it interesting, but their attention and imagination wasn’t as captured as I’d hoped!
The BFG was a completely different reading experience for my class. They absolutely lapped up this book. They loved the way he spoke. Weeks later, they are STILL obsessed with whizzpoppers.
The Magic Porridge Pot is a cute little fairy tale which tells the story of a porridge pot which keeps cooking a poor family porridge, which then goes out of control! My class loved this book and enjoyed role playing the story.
Matilda is a favourite of mine and happily my class adored it too. I’m a real life Miss Honey in their eyes which is the cutest thing. We included Matilda in some our writing sessions, by writing a diary entry for a character in Matilda and also imagining what we’d do if we had Matilda’s powers!
Next half term, I am looking forward to exploring some more authors with my class. As much as it has been fun to explore Roald Dahl, I think it’s important for them to be exposed to different authors!
Over the past 8 weeks, we have been devouring Roald Dahl. I really want to get through the Roald Dahl collection with my class, so when we go to vote for our class book I give them the option of three books. I read the blurb to them. They then sit on the floor and put their heads down so they can’t be influenced by their peers and raise their hand for the book they want. The majority rules!
We have went through 5 Roald Dahl books so far! FIVE!!! My little bookworms make this bookish heart very very happy.
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We started with George’s Marvellous Medicine which they absolutely adored (and voted for as their favourite of the half term). I incorporated lots of fun things into our lessons whilst we were reading it. I used it for problem solving, number bonds to ten, writing ingredients etc. The possibilities were endless. We also ended up making a marvellous medicine of our own which was very fun!
The next book was The Magic Finger which didn’t takeus long to read at all. We made up all sorts of dramatic games for this one, pretending we had magic fingers. The children also got to write creatively and freely about what they would do with a magic finger. I was surprised by how much they took away from this book. They spoke about animal cruelty and how the family were being treated by how they were treating animals.
We then moved onto The Twits. They really enjoyed, but were equally horrified by this book. We had great fun predicting what might happen next. The children also created some fantastic character descriptions.
Fantastic Mr Fox was the next choice. The children really loved this book, which I’m pleased about because it’s not a personal favourite of mine. I’m glad I didn’t pass that on! I did enjoy making up some Fantastic Mr Fox word problems for them though!
During the last week of term we read Esio Trot. This was a short book. Well, it would have been if they didn’t keep stopping me to tell me of the different sentence types that they had identified from their grammar lessons! Bless them. They’re always trying to impress me and I hope they realise that they DO impress me. These children are 6 and 7 years old and showing such enjoyment out of literature. That’s all I can ask for.